Environmental Stewardship Commission

Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota

Shield of Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota
Shield of Episcopal Church

Upcoming Activities:

Next Meeting:

We meet quarterly close to the solstice and equinox.

Special Projects for 2006:

Mary Brown Environmental Center in Ely, MN

Creation Season Materials


Resolution on the Spirituality of Food Production

Resolution on Church Buildings and Grounds

Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Proper 23 New Testament Lesson

Hebrews 3:1-6

"My friends, God has chosen you to be his holy people." (Contemporary English Translation)

Reflection on Hebrews 3:1-6

by the Rev Wanda Copeland

What does it mean to be God's holy people? The Scriptures are replete with calls to be holy. We are to pattern our lives after God's statutes, to write God's commandments on our hearts, to live as if that were the only way to view life. Our place in God's heart is the most revered space. Some even say that we are the crowning achievement of creation. Whether that is your perspective or not, we are part of creation. We are not set over against it, we are part of the same fabric of life as all other elements on this mortal coil. Is it possible that our holiness comes because we allow ourselves to believe we are not set apart? Is it true that we are so beloved because we grasp the great joy it means to be part of God's great joy? Can we be holy because we, in some small measure, take on God's persona?

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 23:

Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Amos 5:6-7,10-15
no reflection available
Psalm 90 or 90:1-8,12
no reflection available
New Testament Hebrews 3:1-6
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Gospel Mark 10:17-27(28-31)
no reflection available

Rev Wanda Copeland was co-chair of the Episcopal Ecological Network and a priest in the Diocese of Minnesota when se originally wrote this reflection in 2006. Wanda and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Rev Wanda Copeland or any member of the MEESC or our Webverger or send a letter to:

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